samedi 5 novembre 2011

Fukushima ruin the dream of Central African Republic.

The Central African Republic had long dreamed of producing and marketing uranium.
         Before his death, Emperor Bokassa I, who was recorded in a home in the Ivory Coast blamed when a Swiss exploit and export uranium with the complicity of France Valery Giscard d'Estaing. While the Central African Republic and Bokassa himself benefited little.
         The government of General Francois Bozize has managed to sign an operating agreement of uranium with the French company Areva.
         In 2007, Areva decided to locate in the Central African Republic and conduct field studies. Studies of French society shows that the region has a Bakouma pechblende deposit equivalent to 32,000 tons, but the physico-chemical characteristics require further study.
         The studies cost a whopping 70 billion FCFA. As soon as Areva-CAR decided to exploit the uranium ore, Central African Republic welcomes soon among emerging countries. Jobs are created, the company goes further by providing assistance to local people through social projects.

The Earthquake in Japan  and its aftershock in Central African Republic.

          The tsunami and earthquake that shook Japan March 11, 2011 and caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, far from the Central African Republic, reached the heart of Central African Republic to the enormous natural resources but also the poorest continent the surprise of its citizens.
         Areva, which operates the giant uranium mine in Niger Imouraren (180,000 tonnes), after Fukushima is not equal before. Several European countries are beginning to customers of Areva challenge of nuclear energy. The price of uranium has plummeted and its appeal is no longer appreciated.
In 2011, the General Chairman of Areva, Jean Francois Milian, decides to stop the exploitation of the Bakouma.
         "Given the situation of nuclear Fukushima has impacted the price of uranium, Areva has decided to suspend for a period of one year or two years, current operations. (...) There are about five years old when the Group purchased uranium Bakouma, the cost in the international market was $ 135, and now that cost between 40 and 45, "said he said, adding that "
the economic climate five years ago is not what you see today."
         "This temporary suspension of work the operation will be used to pursue, within the facilities of the Areva group, work on the ore processing Bakouma. These operations, mandatory before starting the project, will prepare for recovery operations once the market conditions will be improved, "
wrote the Central Press Agency.
         If the major customers of Areva as Austria, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland decided to substantially reduce or abandon nuclear power in the coming years, the Central African Republic can be said farewell to his project to produce uranium.

         The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and buried the dream of President Francois Bozize to his country, an emerging country!          Member of the Universal Church of Christ, he may meditate this parabole of Jesus: "To those who have much, give more. And those who have nothing, we will remove even the little they have."

         The Central African Republic is a landlocked country of 622,984 km2, inhabited by 4,505,945 people (2010). Its industrial base has never been developed and has suffered successive military and political unrest. It is now almost non-existent. Its agriculture is 55% of its GDP, which  is 220,400 FCFA (48 USD) per capita. Nearly 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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